Flood Warning Infrastructure Network

About Queensland's Flood Warning Infrastructure Network (FWIN)

Early warning can be an effective measure to reduce the potentially devastating impacts of flooding, so it is vital that we work together for the best possible flood warnings. In Queensland, we have more than 3300 rainfall and river gauges that inform statewide flood warnings and forecasts. These flood warning infrastructure assets are owned and operated by more than 60 entities including state and local government, the private sector, and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Links to the various components of the Queensland’s FWIN are provided below with additional details on the strategic role of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and FWIN, funding available through the Emergency Response Fund, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Scoping Study, and historical investment.

Strategic approach, investment and funding

Queensland Strategic Flood Warning Infrastructure Plan
Learn about our approach to supporting communities to better prepare and respond to flood events, and improve community resilience to flood events, through development of a best practice network of flood warning gauges.
FWIN North West
Learn about work being done for Local Government Masterplans, and Queensland's investment from 2016 to date in Flood Warning Infrastructure.
Maryborough during 2022 floods
The $7 million Flood Warning Infrastructure (FWIN) program is part of the broader $75 million Emergency Response Fund 2021-22 (the ERF Program), initiated following the February–April 2022 flood events.
Flooding in the Etheridge River, Georgetown
In 2023, the Australian Government allocated $236 million over 10 years from 2023–24 to remediate high priority flood warning infrastructure and address critical reliability risks across Australia.

Asset types, standards and guidelines, and flood classifications

Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network
Learn about rain and river gauges, flood warning cameras, and flood warnings signs. Watch educational videos to understand how flood warnings in Queensland work and how the different types of flood warning infrastructure function.
alternative assets
Learn about Flood Warning Network Infrastructure (FWIN) standards, guidelines for rain and river gauges, flood cameras and signs, and the minimum requirements guideline for alternative flood warning infrastructure.
Flood educational videos
Best practice guide for local governments to understand flood classifications, river heights and flood forecasts, gauges, flood warnings and how to set flood classifications

Working together

Case study video FWIN
Learn how QRA is working with owners of flood warning infrastructure to ensure we get the best possible warnings of future floods